No, this isn’t some 50 Shades of Ohmygod Can We Talk About How This Series Is Only “Romantic” Because It’s Fiction and How Creepy Would It Be If A Guy Did That To You In Real Life pun. It’s writing advice.
I love our little corner of the internet. It’s one of my favorite places to be, and I hope it’s one of yours. But just like all corners, it can be either a comfortable refuge or a hiding place. When was the last time you stretched your wings and tried something new?
We’ve got some opportunities to do just that coming next week- did you know it’s yeah write’s 4th birthday?- when we make some announcements over here, so stay tuned.
But in the meantime, think about what you’re writing, and how much. You probably have a fantastic 500-600 word essay nailed down right now, but how’s your 1,000 word writing? What about 100-200 words?
Think about the kinds of feedback you get when you submit to different places: here, you get your love letter. Have you tried submitting to a magazine, aggregation, or online publication like The Toast? Sure, your odds of getting into something like that might seem astronomical, but you never know, and the feedback you get is always valuable. What does a rejection from XOJane look like as opposed to a rejection from yeah write? It’s all a chance to learn about your writing.
And just in case you think I have no idea what I’m talking about, I got a mix of feedback from the NYC Midnight first round – some of it was wonderful and some of it pissed me off in that way that people telling you that they didn’t understand something you put effort into explaining pisses you off – and can’t wait for my second round feedback! Yeah write is wonderful not just in its own right, but because the feedback you get makes you more prepared to submit to ambitious places and do well in competitions.
But anyway, you’re not here to hear about other sites, you want the results from our site, right? Me too. So, just like every Friday, I’m going to give you the results on all three of our grids – nonfiction, fiction|poetry, and microfiction – right here!
But it’s not all about the popular vote, folks. We also have our editorial staff picks to hand out. Every week our editors comb through your submissions looking for their favorites. Picks are based on writing quality, how successful the author is in conveying information, and just plain style. If you got a staff pick this week, grab your badge from the sidebar and wear it with pride! Read your feedback carefully- this is one of the few chances we get to tell you what you’re doing right once you’re getting on the grids consistently. And if you didn’t get a staff pick this week, take the time to re-read the posts that did, keeping the editor’s blurb in mind. Do you think the post accomplishes what we said? Why or why not? Reading good writing critically is one of the best ways to improve your own work.
Once you’re done reading through the staff picks (and congratulating the winners in the comments), keep scrolling down to check out who won the popular vote on all three grids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Yeah write #207 weekly writing challenge staff picks: nonfiction
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Yeah write #207 weekly writing challenge staff picks: fiction|poetry
Yeah write #207 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories
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Looking for your badge? The fiction|poetry, nonfiction and microstories challenges all have the same winner, staff pick, and top three badges. It doesn’t clutter up our sidebar, and they’ll still look pretty on yours!
Everybody: before you go, please take some time to leave your favorites a little love in the comments.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time
It may not be Callahan’s Place but it’s a sweet little bar out on Route Whateveritis and it’s got the best weekend bartender in the universe: Natalie! Stop by when she opens the doors at 6pm today and stay all weekend, we won’t kick you out unless you’re soliciting. Need a place to try out that 1,000 word essay I just told you to write? Here’s a great one![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]